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Record number: WCP2698

Sent by:
J. H. Aubry
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
28 February 1894

Sent by J. H. Aubry, Revue Encyclopédique, 19 rue Montparnasse (priv. 44 Avenue de Maine) Paris, France to Alfred Russel Wallace London on 28 February 1894.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2698.2588)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46440 ff. 164-165
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the J. H. Aubry Literary Estate.

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Administration: 19, rue Montparnasse

Paris, le 28th of February 1894

To Albert[sic] R. Wallace, Esquire


Dear Sir,

I am a great reader of English matters and cannot help admiring you for the practical scheme you propose in the "Contemporary Review" for the I hope forthcoming election of the House of Lords. Allow me to congratulate you heartily.

May I at the same time suggest you an idea that occurred to my mind while reading your remarkable article?

Since your life peers are only two hundred in number in your new House of Lords and shall not be held to represent the countries or shire in their local [[2]] interests, why should they not be chosen by the same electoral body you propose on a single list submitted all over the country? On such a list the whole peerage should be enlisted and each elector would have to keep two hundred and strike the others out. We call this made of election the Scrutin de liste.

As I will have to write on your article in La Review Encyclopédia, when I am a redactor, I should be indebted to you if you would be kind enough to send me your photo to illustrate it.

Please note that I am at your disposal every time you want something from France and believe me | Dear Sir | Yours devotedly | J. H. Aubry [signature]

My private address is

J. H. Aubry

44, Avenue de Maine, Paris

A few particulars on you and your political doings will enable me to speak more exactly. Thanks.

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